Gaza militants clash with Israeli forces

12:40, December 20, 2009      

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Palestinian militants on Saturday engaged Israeli troops that rolled in northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya, according to a statement.

In the statement to local press, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) said its gunmen exchanged fire with an Israeli army force after spotting it entering the northwest parts of the town.

There has been no reports on casualties in both sides following the 15-minute confrontation.

Israel declared a 300 meter wide stripe along the Gaza Strip's border as a no-go zone and prevent Palestinians from entering it. The Israeli army enters that area from time to time to check for mines or to repair the security fence.

Since the end of a three-week military offensive in Gaza in January, an undeclared truce became a tactic between Israel and Islamic Hamas movement which controls the territory.

Source: Xinhua
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